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Make a difference with your Ƶ Francis University education.

Become that Someone at Ƶ Francis University

Ƶ Francis University in Loretto, Pa. is the oldest Catholic-Franciscan college in the United States.
Our mission is to help students grow into compassionate, successful professionals through a culture of
Virtue, Truth, and Compassion. 


 

Career-Directed Studies
Focused on Ethical Leadership 

Our University has earned a reputation for creating innovative learning experiences and being a place where students grow to become that someone that God calls them to be. Ƶ Francis prepares students for more than just success in their chosen professions.  Our vision is for our graduates to be leaders who carry their Franciscan values with them.
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Academics


A Breadth of Offerings

Whether you pursue your educational journey online or on-campus, part-time or full-time, we will arm you with the knowledge to succeed as an ethical leader in your profession. Explore our broad portfolio of undergraduate, graduate, and professional & continuing studies programs.

Academic Homes

Explore Campus Life: Become & Belong

Ƶ Francis isn't just near the great outdoors, it is the great outdoors. High in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, you'll find a home away from home in this vibrant and safe campus community full of student activities, leadership opportunities, and spiritual programs. 

The best way to experience campus is to schedule a visit!


 

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Come On Up!

 

No matter where you are in your college search, our visit opportunities allow you to connect with us and to find out what life is like as a member of the Red Flash Family!

 

Our visit experiences offer you the chance to learn about admissions and financial aid, meet faculty and students, enjoy the beauty of our 600-acre campus, and find out how SFU will help you become that someone. 

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Founded on Catholic Franciscan Values

 

In an age of complexity, the simplicity of the message of St. Francis of Assisi has more appeal than ever before:
Catholic Faith. Humility. Generosity. Reverence. Service. Respect. Prayer. Joy. Love.
These guiding principles of the Franciscans are the values we embrace at Ƶ Francis University.


Our Mission

As the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States, Ƶ Francis University draws inspiration from our Catholic tradition and expresses the lived example of Ƶ Francis of Assisi in the modern world. Ƶ Francis University promotes an inclusive learning community and a lifelong path to virtue, truth, and compassion. Within a culture that seeks understanding through innovation and collaboration, we champion both the inherent dignity of the individual person and the common good. 

Blog

Spring 2024 President's & Dean's Lists Announced

University Communications & Marketing | 06/05/2024
Both the President's & Dean's Lists were announced on Friday, June 7, 2024. A total of 736 students were named; 232 to the President's List and 504 to the Dean's List.

IACBE reaffirms specialized business accreditation in Shields School of Business

Shields School of Business | 05/31/2024
On April 2, 2024, the Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) approved Ƶ Francis University’s reaffirmation of specialized business accreditation for its business-related degree programs offered through its Shields College of Business. According to a news release issued by IACBE, “The Shields School of Business at Ƶ Francis University has demonstrated compliance of its business programs with the IACBE Accreditation Principles through a rigorous process of self-evaluation and independent peer review. In addition, the College of

Go Baby Go! offers cool wheels and big smiles

Rachel (Vasilko) Heckman ‘13 | 05/09/2024
Interdisciplinary, community-engaged program, Go Baby Go! benefits children with disabilities and offers hands-on experience for OT, PA, and engineering students at Ƶ Francis University.

Occupational Therapy in Action: Eating it All Up

Rachel (Vasilko) Heckman ‘13 | 05/03/2024
4-year-old Ava’s weekly feeding treatments offer hands-on experience for OT students. Since fall 2022, she has been attending these feeding sessions as part of a hands-on, community-engaged lab with the students in the pediatrics course.

SFU Nursing BSN student receives international recognition award

Nursing Department | 05/03/2024
Kelsey Crittendon, senior Ƶ Francis University nursing BSN student, received a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students on April 22, 2024. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students recognizes and celebrates nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion shown to patients and their families.

May Virtual FAFSA Help Nights sponsored by PHEAA

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistant Agency | 05/02/2024
Pennsylvania students and families who need help completing their 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can sign up for a virtual, one-on-one session sponsored by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistant Agency ( PHEAA).

Three stand-out Cambria Heights educators receive Dr. John Powers Outstanding Educator Award

University Communications & Marketing | 05/01/2024
Ƶ Francis University presents the Dr. John Powers Outstanding Educator Award to a deserving elementary or secondary teacher or administrator each spring. This year, the university presented the award to three outstanding Cambria Heights educators during the Ƶ Francis University President's Awards Convocation on April 30, 2024.

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Explore our Location

Welcome to Loretto, Pennsylvania!

Our scenic campus sits on a mountain top near Pittsburgh. We’re just five miles from a major interstate highway (U.S. Route 22), which makes a road trip to major cities like New York, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia an easy drive. 

 

 

 

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